School Details - Oxford Central
The school is located in the very heart of the old city only a stone's throw from bus stops for all the city's major bus routes.
Summer courses take place in our dedicated teacher training centre which has excellent modern premises including a computer suite with free WiFi internet access, a study area and well-stocked and up-to-date resource room. At other times of the year courses are run in our main school offering the same high level of resources and facilities. The school is committed to offering the very best in UK-based language teaching and students on a variety of courses thrive in the welcoming and dynamic atmosphere found here.
Accommodation is not included in the course price, but the school can arrange for you to stay either a student house or with a local family.
Out and About
As good a landmark as any is the medieval Carfax Tower, offering a wonderful view of the city as well as a useful means of orientation when setting off round Oxford's many colleges and courtyards. Each with its own character and list of former celebrity students, Christ Church boasts England's smallest cathedral, the choir at Magdalen College religiously sees in May Day with a hymn at 6am, and dinner at Queens College is still announced with a trumpet. And where else would you find all these students but at the famous Bodleian Library, with its outstanding Gothic Divinity School. But of course it's not all about work, and Oxford does its students proud with an equally fine range of eating and drinking establishments - just look beneath the surface of the expensive tourist and parent traps and you'll find a delightful range of cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes.
1. Language Awareness
2. The methodology of language teaching and learning
3. Teaching practice
4. Observation of lessons taught by experienced teachers
5. Written assignments
Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis in all areas of the syllabus. Particular emphasis is given to a trainee’s ability to teach appropriate lessons effectively and to foster effective learning. Throughout the course you will be given regular feedback on your performance. Assessment includes: teaching practice; all coursework; all written work including the learner profile and reflection. Grades are finalised by negotiation with an external assessor from Cambridge.
- 8.30: Building opens from then and students can start preparing for teaching practice, materials etc.
- 09.15-12.15: seminars/workshops: teaching methodology and language analysis
-12.15-13.15: lesson preparation and guidance
-13.15-14.15: lunch break
-14.15-16.30: teaching practice
-16.30-17.30: feedback and lesson analysis
Applicants and applications
Non-native speakers have to be at CEF C2 or above.
Applicants must be at least 20 years old by the date at the end of the course. They must also demonstrate they have the ability to understand the context in which adults learn as well as the understanding the role of the teacher and learner.
When you apply, we will ask you to complete our application form. A pre-interview task will be sent to you to complete before the day of the interview. This forms the basis of the interview itself. If your application is successful, we ask you to pay a deposit within 48 hours to reserve your place. Full fees must be paid at least 4 weeks before the start of the course.
We can arrange a telephone or Skype interview for applicants from abroad. Non-EU citizens need to ensure they have a valid visa before the start date.
Accommodation during the course this can be arranged through the Accommodation Manager.
Single room, half board: £185/week
Single room, breakfast only: £160/week
Single room, self-catering: £155/week
Student House (City Centre)
Single room, self-catering: £205/week
Residence (Cavalier House)
Single room, self-catering: £200/week
Summer Residence (The Mews)
Single room, self-catering: £220/week
The course, the trainers, the learning environment and the facilities provided are all very highly professional and learner friendly. The course was excellent in terms of content and procedure.
- Iyman El-Tahir Zahran -
It was excellent. The trainers were very professional and helpful. I couldn't imagine having better teachers. The content of the course was very interesting and the overall atmosphere of the course was amazing. It was hard work, but manageable.
The course was very intensive - but it had to be. It was a great atmosphere, I learnt more in such a short time than I have ever done before. The school was brilliant and the tutors were excellent - really helpful and very honest!
Superb. I was pushed to achieve my best and the tutors were very encouraging and supporting.
Exactly what I was looking for - I loved the whole CELTA process! The trainers were absolutely great, inspiring and really sensitive to individual learner differences.
Help for Jobs
During the CELTA course, trainees will attend an input session dedicated to finding work beyond the course and professional development in TEFL. Assistance will be given in finding job placements and trainees will receive guidance in preparing job applications. Through a network of partner schools and CELTA alumni in the UK and around the world, the centre puts a range of contacts at trainees' disposal.
During the course, the school managers will deliver a Q and A session on 'getting your first TEFL job'. Guest speakers from recruitment companies and language schools are also invited to give job placement advice and trainees are provided with regular updates on local and worldwide vacancies via the Jobs Board. There is also useful information in the Teachers' Survival Kit booklet provided at the end of the course for post-course support and trainees are invited to join the centre's Facebook page and stay abreast of job opportunities long after they have left the centre.
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you. If you’re still unsure, please choose an approximate date for now – you will be able to specify later.
2. Register your details with Cactus TEFL (1 minute) to help us track your application.
3. Download the application form and save it on your computer.
4. Complete it offline in your own time
5. Go back to www.cactustefl.com, sign in and submit your completed form.
You can also submit an application by email. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you have any problems with the application procedure.